Sahaj Nair ∙ Sep 10 2022, 8:00 AM

Essex's rising quick Sam Cook touted to take Anderson's place 

image-l7vgb40eSam Cook was the Player of the Match in the final of the 2022 Men's Hundred

One of the major questions that hover around the England men's test team is- What or who after Anderson? James Anderson has been one of the greatest ever bowlers to have played the game of cricket. He has taken 951 wickets across all formats in international cricket and still continues to impress one and all with his ability to make even the best of batters a bit foolish in the middle. 

However, England will be forced to think about their plans post Anderson's retirement as he is 40 years old and at the moment, Sam Cook's performances seem to be putting across a strong case for considering him for the future once the talisman calls it a day. 

Tom Westley, skipper of the Essex side has high praise for the 25 year old. He said:

"We could keep talking about Sammy Cook and I have done relentlessly, but he's absolutely world-class, I don't think there's a better seamer, "I haven't seen a seamer bowl better than him whenever we've played against any team. He's improving year on year."

I want to play every format: Cook on playing for England 

When asked about his England ambitions following a player-of-the-match display in the final of The Hundred, Cook said: 

"It's something I've definitely got aspirations for. I want to play every format I possibly can.

"Getting a bit of recognition from the England Lions this summer was a big boost and speaking to some of those guys, they rate my white-ball skills. It's in my mind. I'm just trying to improve every area I can: red-ball bowling, white-ball bowling, batting. I try and get better every training session."

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